Day 7 of the challenge!
My theme is NIFTY NUGGETS. Little nuggets of writing based on a photo, a phrase and an object, which is designed to encourage lean, tight writing. I’m aiming for a word count of under 300 words.
Thank you to L.Diane Wolfe for providing the beautiful photo prompts. You can visit her blog to check out more pictures.
PHRASE – opportunity knocks twice
OBJECT – bottle
Waiting for the golden opportunity, is like trying to drain the last drop of liquid out of an already empty bottle.
I look up from the newspaper, Mrs Cortez’s words echoing in my mind. I can see her clearly, hands on hips, favourite geometric-printed apron wrapped around her ample frame and that cigarette dangling from her cherry-blossom lips.
How I hated that dangling cigarette. It just didn’t match the lips.
She hated it too.
It clashed with the hint of beauty which lingered on her face.
But it served its purpose.
No pun intended. Parting shot delivered, she would turn to her husband, he busy draining the last drops of ‘whatever the contents of the moment’ happened to be. He would roll his eyes in that, oh-there-she-goes-again manner.
Whenever I’m faced with an important decision, I recall the conversation. My philosophy? Opportunity never knocks. You have to go after it with all you’ve got.
Mmph, fat lot of good it did me, going after opportunity. All I got out of the deal is this——-
She’d sweep her hand around the cramped apartment, with its decades-old counter tops and many layers of paint peeling in various places. On the sideboard, a golden statue dazzles in all its burnished glory. The deep rich glow juxtaposes with the faded paint.
Well, except for him. She nods in the direction of the statue, dropping ash to the lino floor.
I study the news article again. The headlines glare at me: Former Beauty Queen Gets Golden Opportunity Via Mentoring Programme
Good for you, Mrs. Cortez!
I hit the send button. Accept that internship vacated by the learner who pulled out of the programme.
Opportunity has tipped the scales in my favour.
I need to grab it with both hands.